Sessions Stand, located about a half mile north of busting Marietta Square, is a walk-up coffee and pastry shop in a quiet residential area.
I visited the shop on a cold, dreary day in January; however, the weather certainly didn’t stop the locals from stopping by to enjoy a coffee on the warm patio or to get a coffee to go.
The space is a building painted in mostly white, accented with blue hues. The storefront has some items (such as the fresh baked sourdough bread) on display through the windows.
Photos from my visit are below.
The menu at Sessions Stand is compact and fits on a single board in front of the register. The coffee partner (roaster) at Sessions Stand is the nearby Rev Coffee Roasters. Below is the full menu at Sessions Stand:
Cold Brew Coffee
Selection of daily pastries
I ordered the cappuccino and cheese toast (In case you were curious: I asked, and avocado toast seems to be the most popular food item on the menu). The cheese toast was a good late breakfast pick-me-up, served warm and delicious.
With respect to the fresh pastries, Atlanta Magazine profiled Sessions Stand, and its owner, Katie, in spring of last year:
Katie makes her pastries from scratch every day. While savory quiches, muffins, and chocolate croissants rotate on and off the menu, the shop’s standbys are fruit danishes and whole wheat croissants. Danish fillings vary depending on what’s in season—currently, the buttery dough is filled with a slightly tart cream that balances out fresh sweet strawberries and an apricot glaze. The croissants are made with spent grain that Reformation Brewery presses out of their beer during the brewing process. Katie coats the spent grain onto the dough so that it’s layered like butter, giving the croissants a nutty flavor...
And when the warmer temperatures arrive, I think Sessions Stand will stand out for another element you won’t be able to find in many coffee spots:
Visitors can also buy bouquets arranged by local floral company Dianthus & Co. Florist Megan Dunlap sources flowers like peonies and ranunculus locally when possible. The flowers have been a surprising hit at the stand, selling out almost every day. In the summer, there will also be fresh produce on sale from local growers like Tucker Farms and Straight From the Backyard Farm.
Pro tip: If it happens to rain while you are visiting Sessions Stand, your coffee is free with a purchase of any pastry. It does have to rain while you are ordering at the counter (i.e., it’s not just forecast for rain, or that it rained ten minutes ago). This neat policy keeps people coming when business would otherwise grind to a halt, since there is no indoor seating at Sessions Stand.
A really thoughtful touch by the Sessions Stand crew is the availability of warm blankets for guests to use during the cold days. Since there is no interior (only an outdoor patio), the blankets are an extra bonus to stay warm and sip on the coffee in comfort.
I really enjoyed my visit to Sessions Stand. I think it’s one of the cutest independent coffee spots in all of Atlanta. The coffee is great, the patio is warm and inviting, and the staff are friendly. If you are in the Marietta area, definitely make a tiny detour to check out Sessions Stand.
Sessions Stand is open Monday through Friday, 6AM to 6:00PM, and Saturday through Sunday from 7:30AM to 4PM.
One last thing about Sessions Stand: there is no official website for the shop. The only social media presence is via Instagram, which seems to be sufficient to entice locals and newcomers alike. (I am a big fan of the Instagram account myself). The hashtag to use in your social media posts, should you desire, is #coffeepastrycommunity.